All golfers know that at one time or another, during every round of golf, they will be hitting out of trouble. It does not matter how well you hit the ball on any given day, something is bound to test your ability to recover. After many, many different shots from less than perfect positions, we all can say with certainty that some recovery shots better suit our game than others. We all have our favourite worst shot to have to make and hope when things go sour, that is the worst that it gets. It really is a matter of perspective!
To help shape the flow of this article, I asked a question on Twitter that will limit the scope of our discussion. Here are the choices I offered:
As you can see, these are pretty fair trouble shots where most golfers will experience during a typical round. I am sure there are others that might be as plausible, however I think I this covers the most likely from my experience. Over the years, I have hit many trouble shots and I would rank the above list, in order of hitting preference as follows:
- Out of a divot
- A plugged Sand shot
- Punch shot out of the woods
- Out of thick 4 inch grass
Of course I would rather not hit any of these shots, but, being forced to choose, that is how I would rank trouble shots in order of ease to execute. Before your hair simultaneously combusts, I understand that there are degrees of crappy conditions we can find ourselves in, but there is a reason I ranked this list the way I did.
My rankings fit my game the best. Yup, it is as simple as that! My choices were made on the confidence I have to successfully make one of these trouble shots. Additionally, I believe that the top two provide a good opportunity to hit the green or at least be in a great position to make my next shot.
Additionally, by ball striking also fits this list. I do have to add, I hate hitting out of long grass and try to avoid it as much as possible. I think of all the trouble shots, this is the least predictable for success. At least for my game.
I am certain that all golfers would prefer to never hit out of trouble, but if you did what would be your most and least favourite recovery shot?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!